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NATURE OF THE SPF INDEX & UV CHROMOPHORES

We get asked questions about the Bionova Skincare we use in our treatments daily. One of the most frequently asked questions is: “Do Bionova products contain SPF?“. The answer is “NO” and here is why:

BEAT THE HEAT

When chemist, Franz Greiter developed the first effective sunscreen in 1938 he could not imagine the importance of his discovery. Since the advent of modern sunscreens, a sunscreen’s efficacy has been measured by its sun protection factor, or SPF. SPF is not an amount of protection per se. Rather, it indicates how long it will take for UVB rays to redden skin when using a sunscreen, compared to how long skin would take to redden without the product.

DO WE REALLY NEED SO MUCH SPF?

As of today it is hard to find a face/ eye cream, foundations, concealer, or even make-up without the SPF factor. The SPF factor creates a “plastic bag” effect that suffocates the skin and interfiers with the skin healthy functioning contributing to premature aging. There are times when SPF can be used though the recent scientific studies revealed some important facts of products with SPF: The Skin Cancer Foundation informs a consumer that up to date, no criteria exist in the U.S. for measuring and labeling the amount of UVA defense a sunscreen provides.

Most of products with the SPF index measure protection against only ultraviolet radiation B, which causes burning, while doesn’t measure protection against ultraviolet radiation A, UVA, which contributes to skin cancer and causes aging of the skin. Adit Ginde, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine linked vitamin D deficiency to catching more colds. He blames increasing use of sunscreens and long sleeves following skin cancer-prevention campaigns. Using a sunscreen with as little as a 15-factor protection cuts the skin’s vitamin D production by 99% the study notes, and there are only few sources of the vitamin in our diets.

BIONOVA products have no SPF but work with the body to enhance body’s natural protective ability from Sun Radiation and Sun Burn.

BIONOVA scientists recognize multiple substances in our body, which protect us from the Sun radiation and burn including: amino acids, non-aromatic and aromatic nucleic acids, long chain unsaturated fatty acids and naturally existing body pigments, like melanin.By imitating these naturally existing in a Human Body substances, BIONOVA created a specific UV Chromophores Nano-Complex (UV Protectant), which enhances body’s natural ability against the Sun harmful radiation.

Hats, clothing and shade are still the most reliable sun protection available, especially from 11am to 3pm. The Human Body needs Sun’s UV wavelengths in the balanced amount but in an appropriate time of the day.

BIONOVA’s UV Chromophores Nano-Complex is available in N1 Custom and Sport lines. The Tennis Sun & Wind Protection for Face and Body products apply to all outdoor activities as well. Beyond creams with either SPF or UV Chromophores, it is important to remember that the key to well being is in moderation and balance.BIONOVA is currently available at Barneys New York, Shibumi Spa NY and through www.bionovalab.com and www.bionovalab.uk.com

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